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E3: Engineering, Environment & Emerging Technologies

Better Solutions for a Balanced World

Trinity recognises the importance of contributing to sustainable technological development. We are expanding education and research activities across three Schools: Computer Science & Statistics, Engineering, and Natural Sciences. The expansion is being executed as a single strategic activity - the Engineering, Environment and Emerging Technologies, or E3 initiative.

The E3 initiative recognises that:

  • The natural capital of the planet is finite; it should be used wisely to provide flows of goods and services that are equitable and sustainable;
  • Human inquisitiveness is unquenchable and the need and desire for advanced technologies is a positive characteristic of the human spirit.

The E3 initiative sets out to position Ireland at the forefront of research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). It will educate engineers and scientists for employment in existing and new technology sectors, equip them with the skills and attributes to lead in the creation of new businesses, and place Ireland in a leadership role globally for the quality of STEM graduates.

Philanthropy is driving E3, which was publicly launched in 2018 with a transformative gift from the Naughton family. The on-going support of alumni, friends and corporate partners is creating new academic posts and student scholarships and driving multi-disciplinary research partnerships:

  • We are developing a suite of new undergraduate and postgraduate modules and attracting the best talent internationally to teach E3 courses. We have hired a cohort of new E3 Assistant Professors to contribute to our innovative programmes, including the MAI/MSc offerings in Environmental Science and Engineering, and the CHARM-EU Master’s in Global Challenges for Sustainability.
  • When it opens in 2024, the new 7000m2 Martin Naughton E3 Learning Foundry, on the main campus, will provide STEM students with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities and enable Trinity to offer more places on undergraduate STEM courses.

Current fundraising priorities include:

  1. Assistant Professor posts in emerging disciplines such as global urbanism, zero carbon, smart and sustainable consumption and natural hazards
  2. PhD scholarships in E3 schools
Read more about the E3 Institute here.